Meridian Skylines, an exhibition of artworks by Caio Locke
Sponsored by the Brazilian Embassy London and HKS Architects.
On display at the Embassy of Brazil London, 5th October - 26th October 2018,
then on display at HKS Architects Gallery, 29th October - 30th November 2018.
Meridian Skylines invites the viewer to consider our metropolis with a new awareness, creating a platform to contemplate our own utopian mindscapes. Caio Locke’s heterotopias – or “other spaces” – aim to encourage such private reverie and pose an ‘idea’ of a future, worthy of aspiring towards.
The series begins with Emanation which depicts an emblematic genesis of utopian London, a civilisation materialising.
Ideas of knowledge and logic are explored in Mindgame River in which connected consciousness is explored via the presentation of the British Library and St. Pancras Station.
The series concludes with Cloud 9, a representation of St Paul's Cathedral surrounded by the utopian inspired 1960's Brutalist architecture, against a backdrop of ‘virtual’ future projections, as if to connect and compare visions from the past and future.
By exploring a city on a different meridian line to London, Locke highlights the metropolis as gatekeeper of progress, with its inhabitants depicted in serene states, at one with the urban experience and their environment. Locke’s heterotopias, by their existence in painted form, afford a view perhaps more permanent than the fleeting glimpse beyond the veil of time as explored in Deus ex Machina and magnified in Metropolis Rio.
Meridian Skylines encourages a profound awareness of self-transcendence and coexistence. Experiencing the artist’s utopias manifests an understanding of a possible future consisting both of collective consciousness and individuality. Not merely within ourselves but in the cities we build, no matter its history, and the natural environments we coexist with, wherever located in the world.